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Saint Mary (Hyde Park) Lenten Series 2010
Reflections for the Journey:
Mary: Our Mother, our Inspiration

The speakers of this year's series are all from The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton.

February 20 Mary and Prayer: The Magnificat, the Rosary, the Angelus Rev. Thomas A. Thompson
February 27 Marian Apparitions Rev. Johann G. Roten
March 6 Mary's Role in Salvation Sister M. Danielle Peters
March 13 Titles and Names Given to Mary Sister Jean Frisk
March 20 Mary in Art Rev. Johann G. Roten
March 27 Mary in Flowers Rev. Johann G. Roten

All sessions will take place in Robisch Hall, which is located under the church, and is handicapped-accessible from Shady Lane.
Join us between 7:30 and 8:00 am for coffee and donuts.
Speakers begin at 8:00 and conclude by 9:00 for those who wish to attend Mass.

The church is located at 2853 Erie Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information call 513-321-1207 or visit the parish website.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

The Virgin Mary in Opera: Apparitions and Intercessions

Dr. Eric Street from UD's Department of Music produced the above title with a 2009 Summer Seed Grant for research from UD's Forum on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition Today (FCITT). It was presented at Noon on Monday, March 15, 2010 in Kennedy Union Room 222 on the campus of the University of Dayton. He has graciously offered to let us post his findings on The Mary Page.

One of the works that Dr. Street discussed was a 1999 opera by Stephen DeCesare, Our Lady of Fatima. The Marian Library has a copy of the score and libretto in its holdings, as well as a CD with the music, and a videotape of the World Premiere (on 10/17/1999).

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Radio Maria from the Marian Library

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed., a long-time member of the Marianist Family, will be doing a series of Marian broadcasts through the local stations for Radio Maria WHJM (FM 88.7) in Anna, Ohio and WULM (AM 1600) in Springfield, Ohio.  Called " Francesca and Friends: Why Mary?," the program airs every Wednesday from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM EST focusing on what is going on in the world about Mary, how to speak with others about Mary, and Mary in Scripture.

On Wednesday, March 17, Francesca Franchina speaks with Madonna Spaeth, LSW, NCC, Director of Caring Families about the challenges of single parenting/grandparents raising grandchildren, and the effects of resentment, anger, stress, trauma, how to get rid of the negatives, and the positive effects of family counseling, education, prayer, faith formation and church community and Single Parents Day.  CALL IN TOLL-FREE.  PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM (during the live show); 1-866-333-6279.

The broadcast may also be heard on-line at  The website also provides access to some previous broadcasts.  We'll keep you informed about future programs.  An encore of each show is broadcast Monday night from 8:30-9:30 pm EST one week after the original.

Fran's series, Through the Tummy to the Heart, (T5H) airs every Tuesday except the first Tuesday from 5:00-5:45 PM on RADIO MARIA WHJM and also online. The series encores Saturdays from 3:00-3:45 pm.  Tune in 88.7 FM (WHJM) in the northern Archdiocese of Cincinnati and on line at from anywhere in the world. Send email to Francesca with questions, comments, suggestions at Send email while the programs are going on if you cannot get through or if you are listening outside of the USA. CALL IN TOLL FREE; PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM (during the live show); 1-866-333-6279.

On Tuesday, March 16, at 5:00 PM, Fran discusses "Attitudinal Adjustment," what we can do to encourage family problem solving with TYBO tactics and Project TOTL, the programs she designed as an alternative to drugs, alcohol, suicide and teen pregnancy, but discovered was not just for youth and teens but applicable to all age groups and walks of life.  Francesca shares her favorite family recipes today for Italian Soul Food, comfort foods when the flu and colds hit home, making soups and pasta dishes. The recipes today are pasta with cauliflower and Italian Easter pie.

Living With Mary Today! Live: Thursdays and Fridays 2:30-3:00 PM EST: From the Pontifical International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) at the University of Dayton Marian Library, internationally-known Mariologists Fathers Johann Roten, Francois Rossier, Thomas Thompson, and Bertrand Buby of the Society of Mary (Marianists), and other IMRI faculty; Schoenstatt Sisters Jean Frisk and Danielle Peters, Michael Duricy and Brother Erik Otiende will discuss Marian themes such as The Blessed Mother and Ecumenism; Mary and The Family; Mary and Suffering, Marian Teachings and Writings of Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI; Mary and Scripture from the Founder of the Marianists, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade; Mary and Vatican II, Marian Apparitions and others. The Marian Library at the University of Dayton houses the largest collection of Marian books and artifacts in the world, and IMRI is the site of post-graduate studies in Mariology for the Doctorate, STL and STD. Find out more by visiting The University of Dayton; The Marian Library and IMRI are collaborators with the International Satellite Radio Maria Network and Radio Maria Ohio.  Click here for the complete schedule of future programs planned to date.

This week's programs:

Sister M. Jean Frisk, Thursday, March 18, 2:30 PM on Mary and Family

Sister M. Jean Frisk, Friday, March 19, 2:30 PM on Saint Joseph

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Mary and the Church (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

Below is an interesting observation by Pope Benedict XVI when he was known as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.

Only in Being Marian Do We Become the Church

The Marian comprehension of the Church most decisively counters a merely bureaucratic concept of the Church. We cannot make the Church, we must be her. And only to the extent that faith, by our doings, molds our being, are we Church, and is the Church living within us.

Only in being Marian do we become Church. Even in the beginning, the Church was not made, but begotten. She was begotten when in the soul of Mary there awakened the fiat. This is the most profound desire of the Council: that the Church awaken within our souls. Mary shows us the way.

Excerpt from Ecclesiology: "Called to Communion: Understanding the Church Today" by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, p. 10.

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Current Exhibit

And Mary Alit in Postmodernity--Small Marian Sculptures, by Melanie Weaver, MFA, Professor of Art at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California, will be on display from February 1 - April 9, 2010 in The Marian Library.  Click here for virtual exhibit.

The Marian Library Gallery is located on the seventh floor of Roesch Library.  Free and open to the public, hours are Mon-Fri, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm or by appointment.  Call 937-229-4214.

N.B. Prints and postcards related to the Exhibit of Polish Madonnas by Wislawa Kwiatkowska are no longer available for purchase at The Marian Library.

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Additional Web Addresses for The Mary Page

In order to make our web site more accessible, The Mary Page may now be reached at the following URLs:;;;;;; and  The original address on the University of Dayton site,, remains active as well.

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Web Collaborators

Two important Catholic websites have added The Mary Page to their list of Media Partners. highlights items from The Mary Page in their section on Catholic News. includes a Mary Channel on their navbar with articles from The Mary Page. Please visit these sites in return.  We expect continued collaboration with them in the future.

Radio Maria broadcasts from Milan, Italy, heard in forty-nine countries; WHJM broadcasts out of Louisiana across USA [including FM 88.7, an affiliate station in Anna, Ohio (north of Dayton) and AM 1600, an affiliate in Springfield, Ohio, which air regular Marian talks from UD's Marian Library every Wednesday at 11:30 am EST].

Mary's Gardens, the website of the late John S. Stokes, Jr. is in the process of being migrated to The Mary Page in accord with his bequest.  His children have also donated related physical holdings to The Marian Library.  Click here for more information.

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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

IMRI courses for the Spring 2010 semester will conclude on March 19, 2010. The course schedule for Summer 2010 is now available.

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In keeping with the season, we recommend Lenten Poetic Meditations by Dr. Virginia M. Kimball, President of the US Branch of the ESBVM and, for March 19, What About Saint Joseph? and Like Wife, Like Husband.

We have posted information about this year's Summer Symposium, Mary in the Consecrated Life as well as a comprehensive Marian Bibliography for 2009.

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Doctor Says Many Are Cured in Lourdes
Invites Physicians to Attend Conference for Their Own Healing
Source: Zenit (Lourdes, France), February 8, 2010

The former head of the Lourdes Medical Bureau is affirming that all people can receive a cure at Our Lady's shrine if they pray and hope for it with perseverance. Doctor Patrick Theillier, who retired from leadership of the bureau last year, stated this in an interview with France Catholique.

The cure, he explained, "might not be as spectacular as to be considered a miracle. However, the physician added, it can affect "in a profound and lasting way the person who experiences it, in all his being, body, soul and spirit." Doctor Theillier affirmed that "these cures are truly innumerable."

The bureau is a medical organization run by doctors that operates within the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, which, among other things, is responsible for the medical investigation of cures associated with the shrine. The doctor noted that there are, of course, miraculous cures as well in Lourdes, and sixty-seven have been officially recognized as such....

Click here for the complete article.

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The director and editors of The Mary Page under the auspices of the International Marian Research Institute do not necessarily endorse or agree with the events and ideas expressed in this feature. Our sole purpose is to report on items about Mary gleaned from a myriad of papers representing the secular press.

Mary--Seat of Wisdom
Source: University of Dayton Magazine (Dayton, Ohio) Winter 2010

The University of Dayton's Marian Library has new leadership but remains the world's largest and most comprehensive repository of printed material on Mary, with 75,000 books and up to 150,000 articles and pamphlets. Its art collection contains an estimated 3,600 Nativity scenes.

In January, Father Francois Rossier, S.M., was installed as executive director of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute. At the same time, outgoing director, Father Johann G. Roten, S.M., was honored for leading the institute for two decades that saw graduate students in theology come from around the world to study at the institute. Roten also shepherded it into the digital age; witness The Mary Page at

Rossier, a native of Fribourg, Switzerland, who came to Dayton in 2003, is at home around the world. He speaks five languages and has taught on every inhabited continent.

His teaching and research focus on the biblical texts that speak of Mary. He also examines how Mary is portrayed in popular culture and contemporary literature. Mary, "he says, "is the most-written-about woman in the entire human history, and she's an emblem of Catholic tradition and identity."

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Prayer Corner Requests

You are invited to help us pray for our Prayer Corner intentions.  Please take a look! This site has been updated and enhanced and now allows users to directly submit prayer requests or to volunteer as a prayer partner for these intentions!

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of March with Mary:

The Mary Page offers a variety of resources inviting study, reflection and meditation.  We also list important Marian dates for each month of the year.  Please see Marian Commemoration Days for the month of March.

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Marian Events

Celebrating the Annunciation and Incarnation of Jesus

Title: Tribute to Mary Concert

Date: Sunday, March 21, 2010, 6:30 pm

Location: Church of the Holy Angels (near the University of Dayton)

In anticipation of the Solemnity feast of the Annunciation, the Church of the Holy Angels will be hosting a Tribute to Mary Concert beginning at 6:30 pm on Sunday, March 21st. Featured performers are Tammy Hemmerle, Nick Cardilino, and others. This is a FREE event, sponsored by several organizations. Please come and help honor Mary as the Mother of our Savior. Contact Steve Koop at 626-0027 for additional information, or click here to see the flyer [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader].

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